Bobby and J. Edgar
The Historic Face-Off Between the Kennedys and J. Edgar Hoover That Transformed America
By Burton Hersh
(Basic Books, Hardcover, 9780786719822, 624pp.)
Publication Date: April 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The history of one of the most admired (Bobby Kennedy) and one of the most reviled (J. Edgar Hoover) are entwined with that of Joseph Kennedy. This triumvirate was marked by conflict, betrayal and a strange Shakespearean familial bond. Set against the ongoing context of Joe Kennedy's behind-the-scenes manipulation of key players in Congress, organized crime, and his own family, major players are revealed such as Roy Cohn, Martin Luther King, Marilyn Monroe, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon.
Burton Hersh, a journalist and historian, has chronicled the Kennedy family for over 35 years. His 1992 book The Old Boys, about the origins of the CIA, was widely praised. He lives in New Hampshire and Florida.